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Human Rights Observatory
Human Rights Observatory
US Parties Face Challenge Motivating Hispanic Voters
Wednesday, October 22, 2014
U.S. citizens of Latin American descent, or Latinos, could play an important role in the midterm elections November 4, when Americans vote for members of the U.S. House of Representatives, a third of the Senate, and other state and local officials around the country. VOA's Mike O’Sullivan reports that in states like California, Latinos are a core constituency for Democrats, but both parties face a challenge in getting their vote. (Full Story)

At General Assembly, UN experts urged global action on enforced disappearances
Wednesday, October 22, 2014
States must take full responsibility to solve all aspects of the issue of enforced disappearances: prevention; search for the disappeared; punishment of the perpetrators; and reparation for the victims, the Chairs of two United Nations expert bodies addressing the General Assembly on the issue declared today. (Full Story)

‘Complex web’ of crises requires human rights-based solutions – UN rights chief
Wednesday, October 22, 2014
At the root of crises confronted by the United Nations usually lies a “complex web” of violations of economic, social, cultural, civil and political rights requiring solutions that can only come from more emphatic and comprehensive protections, the Organization’s top human rights official said today. (Full Story)

Scientists Build Robots to Live With Humans
Wednesday, October 22, 2014
Industrial robots are already working in many factories around the world and in our homes, for instance as smart vacuum cleaners.  Scientists say in a few years we will start seeing so-called "social robots," capable of engaging with people. Today’s robots can build cars and explore underwater objects. But interacting with people is more complex than simply taking an incoming message, says Massachusetts Institute of Technology researcher Cynthia Breazeal. “Social robots... (Full Story)

Chibok Girls Only Tip of Iceberg in Boko Haram Abductions
Wednesday, October 22, 2014
The world waits to see if Nigeria can negotiate the release of the 219 Chibok school girls taken by militant sect Boko Haram in April.  But activists say those girls are the tip of the iceberg and Boko Haram has taken hundreds of young men, women and children, using various forms of coercion or enticement, since the insurgency began in 2009.  The practice has intensified in the past year as militants have seized control of towns and villages in the northeast.     Boko... (Full Story)

Blast Outside Cairo University Reportedly Wounds 10
Wednesday, October 22, 2014
An explosion outside Cairo University wounded 10 people on Wednesday, among them police and civilians, the Interior Ministry said in a statement. The blast occurred in a square outside the university at the end of the school day. Six policemen and four civilians were slightly wounded and transferred to hospitals, the statement added. The ministry said explosives experts were sent to comb the area for additional devices. There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the... (Full Story)

Hong Kong Student Activists Trying to Keep Up With Studies
Wednesday, October 22, 2014
Televised talks in Hong Kong Tuesday between the government and pro-democracy activists brought the two sides no closer to resolving the nearly month long demonstrations that have shut down parts of the city. Now, as the demonstrations continue, many of the student protesters are struggling to keep up with their studies. Older advocates for the pro-democracy movement paraded through the demonstration site in central Hong Kong, providing a gesture of support for their younger... (Full Story)

Ebola Increases Threat to Child-bearing in Sierra Leone
Wednesday, October 22, 2014
Sierra Leone has one of the highest infant mortality rates in the world. Now, Ebola is likely to push it even higher. Health officials say almost all pregnant women infected with the virus, along with their babies, die from the disease. For VOA, Adam Bailes reports from Sierra Leone (Full Story)

Do Military Gains Raise Prospects for Broader Kurdish Autonomy?
Wednesday, October 22, 2014
Kurdish forces are leading the fight against Islamic State militants on the ground in Iraq and Syria. But that prominence worries some U.S. allies, including Turkey, that Kurds may use that momentum to push for an independent Kurdistan that could include parts of Iraq, Iran, Syria, and Turkey. VOA State Department correspondent Scott Stearns has the story. (Full Story)

Yemen Tribal Sources: Al-Qaida Kills 30 Shi'ite Rebels
Wednesday, October 22, 2014
Sunni al-Qaida militants and Shi'ite Muslim rebels have fought a bloody battle in central Yemen, tribal sources said on Wednesday, amid fears of worsening sectarian tension in the impoverished Arabian country. Thirty Shi'ite rebels and 18 Sunni fighters and their tribal allies were killed in the clashes, the tribal sources told Reuters. Shi'ite Houthi rebels seized control of the capital Sanaa on September 21 and their forces have fanned out to Yemen's west and center... (Full Story)

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